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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Foodborne disease: What could you catch from your food?

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.

Conditions

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?

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

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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Do multivitamins really improve your health?

There’s overwhelming evidence to suggest that multivitamins that are not prescribed to treat specific deficiencies don’t really do much good and, in some instances, can actually cause you harm.

Gastroenterology

Gut instinct: the gut-brain connection explained

An intimately connected highway runs between our brain and gut, and the hormones generated in both these organs, which travel this biological highway, play a large role in dictating our

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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Are you addicted to caffeine and how much is too much?

Taken in moderation caffeine has some great perks like increased concentration. But too much of this good thing can lead to some unpleasant side effects.

Expert Articles

Antibiotics vs probiotics: how to protect your gut flora

The specific bacterial species found in your gut, skin, and mouth (collectively termed your microbiome) are as unique as your fingerprint, says Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician at Mediclinic Bloemfontein. Every human is teeming with billions of microorganisms, and most are very good for your health.

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3 things your blood type says about your health

Your blood type can give you information about your risk for disease. We discover what your blood type says about your health.

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Chronic versus acute inflammation

Inflammation is a word bandied about quite often by health food shops and is equally the subject of much scientific study and debate. Here’s what you really need to know about inflammation.

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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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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.

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