diet

  • What does a balanced diet look like on your plate? [infographic]

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 3 January 2019

    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.

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  • The real fountain of youth

    Exercise

    Posted on 18 December 2017

    New studies show that maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation are factors that add healthy years to your life. A GP weighs in on other ways to combat ageing and disease by making good daily choices.

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  • Starting little ones on solid foods

    Babies (up to 1 year)

    Posted on 10 August 2017

    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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  • Foods that promote good sleep

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 27 June 2017

    A Mediclinic dietician explains how sleep and what we eat and drink are not necessarily separate concepts and gives dietary tips for a great night’s sleep.

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  • Not just a pinch of salt

    Nutrition

    Posted on 27 February 2017

    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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  • The facts about fat in your diet

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 19 December 2016

    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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  • Kidney stones: who is at risk?

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 19 December 2016

    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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  • Cow’s milk versus the alternatives

    Healthy Life

    Posted on 16 November 2016

    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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  • How to boost your metabolism

    Exercise

    Posted on 31 October 2016

    Everybody’s metabolism differs – but there are ways to speed up yours to regulate your energy levels and weight better. A dietician at Mediclinic gives her metabolism-boosting tips.

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  • Diabetes: a growing problem

    Diabetes

    Posted on 31 October 2016

    The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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  • Keeping fit during menopause

    Exercise

    Posted on 19 August 2016

    Menopause is a natural biological process that needn’t keep you from being fit and healthy. In fact, exercise can help improve your quality of life by reducing your risk of cancer and weight gain, strengthening your bones and improving your mood.

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  • Foods that can help fight cancer

    Cancer

    Posted on 13 October 2015

    A bad diet can wreck your health and, in some cases, even lead to cancer. Power up your menu with our list of cancer-preventing superfoods.

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  • Type 1 diabetes: what’s on the menu?

    Children (1 to 12 years)

    Posted on 11 November 2014

    If your child has Type 1 diabetes, it can often feel like every kind of food is off the menu. Fortunately, dietician Dr Ilsabe Spoelstra has some ideas.

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