Nutrition

From healthy recipes for the family to immune boosting foods, this section will help you maintain a healthy eating plan.

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Diabetes

Delicious recipes to help lower your risk of diabetes

During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2015, we ran a competition, asking you to select three magnesium-rich ingredients from our list of 12. Four entrants then had their ingredients turned into a delicious recipe by Abigail Donnelly and the overall winner’s recipe was featured on Expresso. Here are those recipes for you to download and try.

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Food for thought

Eating disorders are abnormal eating habits that negatively affect a person’s physical or mental health. Here are some other types you may not be aware of.

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Foods that can help fight cancer

A bad diet can wreck your health and, in some cases, even lead to cancer. Power up your menu with our list of cancer-preventing superfoods.

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Three heart health foods (and how to use them)

Are you looking for healthier ways to prepare your food? Jandri Barnard, a dietitian at Mediclinic Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, identifies three small ingredients that make a huge different to the health of your heart.

Exercise

10 health tips for women

Most women take better care of others than they do of themselves. Take some time to focus on yourself and follow these easy tips.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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Pregnancy nutrition

You may have broken every diet you’ve ever started but there’s little wiggle room when it comes to healthy eating during pregnancy.

Healthy Life

Facts about sugar

It’s sweet, it makes us feel good and can be moreish. But how much sugar is enough? And is it even good for us?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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Tailoring your salt intake

We’re well aware that there should be at least some salt in our healthy diet, but how much is that exactly? And, if we’re trying to tailor our eating to cater to a low-salt diet, what’s the best way to do that? Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician from Mediclinic Bloemfontein gives her top tips…

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Twice as nice – recipes low in sugar

Here are four recipes guaranteed to make your taste buds happy using less sugar than your regular sweet treat.

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Iodised vs non-iodised salt

The majority of salt products available in South African supermarkets are iodised – meaning they’ve had iodine (in the form of potassium iodate) added. But why is this and what alternative do you have if you’re sensitive or allergic to iodine?

Diabetes

Getting to grips with a diabetes diagnosis

I’m currently in my third month of being a type 2 diabetic and it’s been quite a journey so far…

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A little of what you fancy

They say that a little of what you fancy does you good – and you might be surprised to find out just how good these supposedly sinful things are for you.

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Emotional eating

Emotional eaters turn to food not because they’re hungry but to try soothe, suppress or escape negative feelings. Ilsabé Spoelstra, a dietician based at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains some of the finer aspects of this disorder.

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How to braai the perfect steak

It doesn’t matter what cut of meat you’re going to braai, Clement Pedro gives us very simple rules to follow.

Nutrition

Pack a picnic

With sunny weather forecast for the weekend, why not pack a basket and head outdoors? Here are four delicious and easy-to-prepare meals.

Exercise

Three things to do when you’re down

There are three things you should incorporate into your life (whether you have depression or not) – good sleep, exercise and nutrition.

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Top six foods that contain hidden salt

Annaret Brand, a registered dietician at Mediclinic Milnerton, reveals the top six foods that contain hidden salt and suggests replacements for them.

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Eating too much salt? Cut down now

Find out how eating less salt can lower your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

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