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Digestive Health Dominating Vitamin and Dietary Supplements Market

The rise of obesity and fast-food consumption drives demand for probiotics.  The South African fast-food industry is valued at over R300 billion, according to South Africa-based market-research company Insight Survey. So it’s hardly surprising that South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa, with up to 70% of women and a third of men battling with ...

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6 Ways to Control Stress Sweat

Stress is bad enough on its own. Unfortunately for most of us, however, stress usually also brings with it stress sweat, which tends to be particularly stinky, staining, and embarrassing. Given that there are two to four million sweat glands distributed all over our bodies and that stressful situation are seemingly ubiquitous in modern life, trying to avoid stress sweat ...

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Take the Challenge To Fight Cancer

Cancer is a scourge that appears to be on the rise. The most common form among women is breast cancer, with about one in nine South African women likely to suffer the disease, which is no respecter of boundaries. Women of all races and all classes are susceptible. The good news is that, if caught early, breast cancer is one ...

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Stress, Diet, Ageing Among Top 10 Hair-Loss Triggers in Women

Extreme stress, crash diets and ageing are among the top 10 causes of hair-loss* in women, according to one of the world’s leading hair experts, Dr Adolf Klenk. The other triggers are a lack of energy in hair, sunburn, the energy-sapping effects of high- performance sport, lack of nutrients in the diet, pharmaceutical drugs such as some chemotherapeutics and contraceptives, ...

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Green Tea Boosts Memory and Weight Loss – Study

A recent study has found that green tea may help improve memory and fight obesity. The Chinese study published in The FASEB Journal found that the cancer-fighting and most biologically active component in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), may help improve cognitive impairment and support weight loss by alleviating high-fat and high-fructose induced insulin resistance. Dr Xuebo Liu, who led the ...

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Stressed Out? Your Diet Could Help

We’re speeding towards the end of the year, but between now and the summer holidays lies a pile of deadlines and an ever-expanding to-do list. Most of us bite off more than we can chew these days and stress management is a crucial part of a healthy life. We know that sleep and regular exercise do wonders to reduce anxiety ...

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Rooibos Drinkers Less Likely To Suffer Heart Disease

Despite numerous advances in medical technology the prevalence of heart disease continues to escalate. In South Africa, it remains the number one killer after HIV/AIDS and deaths related to heart and blood vessel diseases are expected to increase by 41% in the next 13 years. Experts are now saying there may be merit in incorporating alternative ways to prevent and ...

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Research Shows High Heels Causing Deformity, Injury

New research has shown a clear link between high heels, foot deformity, osteoarthritis and other injuries. A comprehensive review of a host of studies on the health effects of high heels, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found that while high heels “bring psychosexual benefits to women, they are detrimental to their health.” Clear evidence “The…review provides clear evidence ...

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Combat Cervical Cancer with these Super Foods

If detected early, cervical cancer can be cured. However, early-stage cervical cancer may not show any signs or symptoms. Symptoms will only start developing when the cancer can be diagnosed by doing a pap smear or any other procedure that is used to sample the cervix. In most cases, cervical cancer is caused by the HPV infection (human papillomavirus infection) ...

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Gestational Diabetes – Cause For Concern?

Many women find that during pregnancy they are offered loads of advice on what they should be eating. From a very strict regimen of no soft cheeses, shellfish, coffee and so on, to the more relaxed approach of ‘eat what your body wants’. Then there’s the question of ‘eating for two’ or rather just eating what you usually would. Impaired ...

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