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HEALTH FOR EVERYONE

HEALTH FOR EVERYONE

It is world health day and the theme of this year is Health for everyone. Health can be defined as being free from illness or injury. Nutrition plays a big role in the contribution towards health. Yet nutritional needs are different for each individual. Our nutritional needs are based upon our gender, age, weight, height, ethnicity and health status. In South Africa we have general guidelines to lead us towards meeting our nutritional needs and have optimal health. This article will explore the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines.

GUIDELINES FOR A LOWER SALT INTAKE

GUIDELINES FOR A LOWER SALT INTAKE

  This week we are focussing on salt awareness week.  You may wonder why it is that we place so much focus on salt intake.  This is because consuming excessive amount of salt can have various disadvantages such as contributing towards hypertension (high blood...

LOOKING AT DIABETES THROUGH THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

LOOKING AT DIABETES THROUGH THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

  Prevalence of diabetes mellitus is on the rise: currently in South Africa diabetes is the second leading cause of all-cause mortality, only after tuberculosis. The age of a person at diagnosis is also becoming younger – but what is causing this pandemic? All...

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART

Exercise, exercise, exercise You may be sick and tired of hearing about the importance of exercise. But, it keeps coming up for the prevention AND management of most diseases and conditions because it is so essential. Exercise has been proven to reduce blood pressure...

TIPS FOR HEALTHY KIDNEYS

TIPS FOR HEALTHY KIDNEYS

  This year we have Kidney Awareness Week from the 2nd to 6th of September. This is five days that we focus on kidney health and sharing tips on how to prevent or reduce risk of developing kidney disease. Why all the hype around kidneys? It might seem like it is...

WOMEN’S HEALTH

WOMEN’S HEALTH

  August is the month dedicated to women! That is why we thought to share a few tips and guidelines in order to optimise women’s health. Women are prone to a number of diseases and conditions throughout their lifecycle – they have an increased risk of...

A DIETITIAN’S LIFE

A DIETITIAN’S LIFE

We decided to move away from the healthy recipes and great tips for one day and be honest and real about life as a dietitian. It definitely hasn’t always been easy and there were days that most of us almost wanted to give it all up! The first thing most people ask...

NUTRITIONAL TIPS

NUTRITIONAL TIPS

1) FLAVOURING YOUR FOOD   2) LIMITING FOOD WASTAGE     3) INCREASING YOUR INTAKE OF FIBRE     4) LOWERING YOUR FAT INTAKE     5) OPTIMISING YOUR FRUIT & VEGETABLE INTAKE     6) IMPROVING YOUR HEART HEALTH    ...

DEPRESSION – UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

DEPRESSION – UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

  Statement released by WHO, 4 April 2017 – Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005...

HIDDEN SALT: DID YOU KNOW?

HIDDEN SALT: DID YOU KNOW?

We are often told that too much salt and sodium is harmful to our health, but do you know how much salt your favourite store-bought items contain? Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it’s important to discuss how much salt we should be consuming daily. The...

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