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Gut health linked to mental well-being — study

A new global study has reinforced the link between mental health and gut bacteria and indicates that a diet rich in many different types of vegetables may contribute to improved health. The global crowd-sourced study by the University of California of over 11,000 participants found that those who ate more than 30 different plant types a week had gut microbiomes that were ...

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Making the connection between diet and mental health

According to The South African Depression and Anxiety Group, 1 in 3 people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. With such prevalence, it’s important to have open and honest conversations about our mental health. “As South Africa observes Mental Health Awareness Month this July, it is pertinent to take a closer look at the connection between diet and ...

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Stronger people have healthier brains, says science

The brain-boosting benefits of exercise and regular physical activity are well known and documented. We’ve written extensively about them in previous issues, but much of the scientific research into the cognitive improvements experienced, such as enhanced memory, information processing, mood and learning, relate to aerobic exercise. These research studies generally attribute the ability of physical exercise to benefit the brain ...

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Exercise delivers inherited cognitive boost

Fathers who exercise before conceiving a child could pass cognitive benefits, including enhanced neuronal connections, and better processing and memory, to their offspring, according to recent findings of research conducted at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Göttingen, Germany. The study looked at the effects of exercise on genetically identical male mice and determined that it changes the brains ...

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5 Steps To Avoid Winter Flus And Colds

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a dreaded force to be reckoned with during the winter season. Even though you may brush it off as a case of the sniffles, it is actually more serious than you may think. “The truth is that the flu is actually a relentless and possibly life-threatening disease which kills hundreds of thousands ...

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Rooibos Can Correct Common Winter Bodily Imbalances

Unsettled weather, coupled with lack of sunshine, colds and flu, and reduced physical activity are all synonymous with the winter season, but the combination of these factors can also disturb the body’s equilibrium. Incorporating certain foods and herbs such as Rooibos tea into our diet can help to naturally correct these bodily imbalances. Signs that our bodies are not in ...

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The ABCs Of Prostate Cancer & Getting Tested

By Dr Evelyn Moshokoa When it comes to prostate cancer and rectal examinations, years of unchallenged misconceptions have ignited fear in South African men. But did you know that a simple blood test can effectively diagnose prostate cancer and save your life? Another misconception is that prostate cancer is the end. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is ...

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Binge-Watching TV Can Wreck Your Immune System

There are a few daily habits, such as overdosing on TV, that can wreak havoc on the body’s ability to fight off colds and flu this winter. Nicole Jennings, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, a leading provider of colds and flu medication, says the relatively new phenomenon of being able to watch an entire TV series all at once, as opposed ...

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Survey Shows We Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

The Bed Shop, South Africa’s largest independent franchise bed retailer, conducted a sleep survey to better understand the sleeping habits of South Africans. The survey, which ran from November 2017 until the end of January 2018, surveyed 1690 people across South Africa. The findings deliver insight into the quality of sleep that South Africans are getting. The survey showed that ...

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Debunking Flu And Flu Vaccine Myths

Winter is on its way and with it come the inevitable and dreaded bouts of flu, which means we’re also likely to encounter the many misconceptions surrounding influenza – commonly referred to as “flu” – and the flu vaccine. These are a few of the myths that have been discredited: Myth #1: Flu is not that serious Fact: Flu is ...

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