Month: April 2016

What are ‘superfoods’ and am I getting enough of it in my diet?

Experts give clarity on what ‘superfoods’ are and how we can ensure we get our recommended daily dose. The term ‘superfood’ has become a common concept in our everyday conversations. What makes a super food so super, and do we have to eat these magical foods to stay healthy? Can we eat a variety of …

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Marathons can temporarily harm heart

Strenuous exercise can harm heart tissue, causing inflammation and other problems, particularly among runners who have lower fitness levels and less training. The thousands of runners who will take part in the New York City Marathon on Sunday most likely believe they are strengthening theirheart by participating. But new research suggests the strain of a 26.2 …

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Is modern life unnerving your nervous system?

Fast- paced modern life is not for sissies. With continual social and work demands, 24/7 connectivity and media overload from videos, billboards, the internet and even cell phone spam, we shouldn’t be surprised when our nervous system gets out of whack. Modern life, explains Johannesburg-based clinical psychologist Dr Colinda Linde, has resulted in “a near …

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Eating right for young athletes

Children who participate in high-level sports need a diet that will support this intense training. Children who participate in high-level sports need a diet that will support this intense training. Insufficient energy and nutrient intakes may cause growth and maturation may be delayed. A healthy child’s diet should provide adequate energy and nutrients to support …

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Why you lose your sense of smell and taste when you’ve got a cold

Colds and flu can strike at any time, but with autumn in the air, your chances of getting one of these viral infections might increase. Take colds, for instance, which are the most common viral infections of the nose and throat. There are nearly 100 rhinoviruses that cause more than half of colds, says Dr …

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Your nervous system is a built-in supercomputer

Acting as your body’s main control structure, your nervous system keeps you informed about the world outside and inside. It controls and monitors your every tissue, every muscle and physical sensation. Nature has equipped you with a mega-sophisticated computer that processes information, makes critical decisions and acts in a fraction of a millisecond – known …

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