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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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.

Children up to 12

Brain food for kids

Which foods and healthy habits are really the best for growing brain function and development? We speak to a GP specialising in family medicine to find out.

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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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 hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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 hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • 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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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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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Food logos: what they mean

Making informed choices when shopping for food can sometimes prove tricky. But food logos can help. Here are some of the most common and how to read them.

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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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The power of ten

These 10 fresh, seasonal ingredients are packed with goodness and help to keep your body in tip-top condition for winter.

Expert Articles

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.

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