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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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Fight disease, live longer with a polyphenol-rich diet

Powerful plant-based compounds called polyphenols — found in superfoods such as green tea and in the Mediterranean diet – may protect against heart diseases, diabetes, cancers and help prolong life, according to extensive research. Polyphenols are found in green tea, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, olive oil, omega 3 fats, dark chocolate and turmeric. They are also believed to be ...

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Resistance training boosts mood

It’s not just endurance junkies who experience the ‘runner’s high’. Researchers from Ireland and Sweden, who pooled data from 1,877 patients and 33 randomised clinical trials, determined that participants who worked out 3 times per week, for an average of 16 weeks, successfully alleviated depression symptoms such as low mood, a loss of interest in activities and feelings of worthlessness. ...

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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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Fedhealth MTB Challenge Entries Open

Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Date: 15 & 16 September 2018 Entries are open for the 4thannual Fedhealth MTB Challenge, which will take place at the picturesque Boschendal Wine Estate (The Retreat) on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September 2018. The Festival Village will this year be hosted on The Retreat side of the picturesque estate. Mountain bikers of all ages ...

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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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