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Educate women on obesity & health – nutritional consultant

More SA women than men are overweight, highlighting the need to educate women to make better nutrition and lifestyle choices this women’s month, says top nutritional consultant Vanessa Ascencao.   Ascencao says a study by the Medical Research Council found that 56% of women are overweight compared...

Healthy gut critical for immunity and wellness

A healthy gut is critical for good health as it promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protects against infection, regulates metabolism and comprises over 75% of our immune system. An unhealthy lifestyle, chronic stress, excessive use of antibiotics and bad nutrition such as a diet high in sugar,...

Fasting tips for diabetics

Fasting is a relatively common practice for religious or health reasons but can be risky for diabetics in particular, if not managed correctly. Fasting entails abstaining from food or drink for a period of time. With the Muslim holy month of Ramadaan expected to start around 18...

SA swimmers tops in open water globally

Eleven South African men and three women have been ranked by a leading global swimming association as among the top 50 most adventurous male and female open water swimmers in the world. The US-based World Open Water Swimming Association named the following SA men (alphabetically) as...

Flu vaccines: consider additional measures — medical expert

Global health authorities have cautioned that current flu vaccines may not prevent a severe new strain of influenza, highlighting the need to consider additional ways to protect against the effects of flu this winter. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health...

Vitamin mouth sprays may be better than pills — research

A new way of ingesting vitamins -- by spraying them under the tongue – has been shown by research to be more effective in delivering nutrients to the body than by pills or capsules. A study by Cardiff University found that sublingual (under the tongue) application...

Caffeine shampoo marks 100 million global unit sales

Alpecin, Germany’s best-selling men’s shampoo¹ which is fast gaining popularity in SA, has produced its 100 millionth unit, the manufacturers have announced. The German-based, family-owned Dr. Wolff Group, has achieved double-digit growth for several successive years for its caffeine shampoos for men (Alpecin) and women (Plantur),...

Magnesium may lower diabetes risk – study

A recent study has revealed that sufficient magnesium intake may help prevent the onset of pre-diabetes conditions such as hypertension and high blood sugar and possibly help avoid the disease itself. The study was conducted by Tufts University in Massachusetts, US, on 2582 participants over seven...

Pretoria’s High Performance Centre partners with Brand ID

The High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria and Brand ID are thrilled to announce a newly formed five year partnership. Brand ID, a Lifestyle Fashion and Sports Brands distribution business with a family of 25 brands has offered a unique level of partnership...

Diabetes and dentistry

By Dr Marc Sher Diabetics are encouraged to take good care of their oral hygiene as the condition can take a toll on teeth and gums. Gum disease, in particular, often affects diabetics who may also be prone to other mouth infections. Cape-based dentist, Dr Marc Sher,...

New Speedo concept store opens in Pretoria

“The store opens officially on April 1. 2015, and follows the success of Speedo’s first concept store in Canal Walk, Cape Town,” said Speedo SA Brand President Stuart Hopwood. He said Speedo had identified Menlyn as the site for the country’s second concept store given swimming’s popularity...

Pro German triathlete donates to development, rates South African hospitality as best in world

German pro triathlete, Till Schramm, in South Africa to participate in the IRONMAN African champs this Sunday, says he rates SA as the most hospitable and friendly nation in the world. Schramm made the remarks after visiting orphans at the Khayalethu Children’s Home in Port Elizabeth,...

German pro triathlete donates R25 000 to SA Triathlon Development

German pro triathlete, Till Schramm, who is in Port Elizabeth to participate in the IRONMAN African champs on Sunday, has donated R25 000, sports nutrition and kit to triathlon development in South Africa. In addition, Schramm, on behalf of his sponsor, Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo ZA, has...

German Pro, Till Schramm, to donate R25 000 to SA Triathlon Development

Top German pro triathlete, Till Schramm, is heading to Port Elizabeth, SA, to take on the world’s toughest sportsmen in the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship -- and to donate R25 000 to triathlon development in SA.   Schramm is sponsored by Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo which is...

Natural ways to treat sun damaged skin – by Vanessa Ascencao

The sun’s rays can wreak havoc on the skin, contributing to wrinkles, dryness, broken blood vessels and spots. There is no magic formula to reverse the damage, but there are ways to prevent further harm. Avoiding harsh sunlight, protecting against harmful chemicals and getting enough sleep, relaxation and exercise should all help. Diet and lifestyle play a major role. Key nutrients are essential as they help skin cells replicate and energise. Processed foods, stress, free radicals, toxins and low-nutrient diets may accelerate aging and lead to skin deterioration.

Independent study backs German research on caffeine and hair growth

One of the world's leading scientists in hair loss, Dr Adolf Klenk will visit SA next week in the wake of a new, independent study which backs his discovery that caffeine promotes hair growth. Dr Adolf Klenk, from German cosmeceutical company, the Dr Wolff Group, discovered...

Marais pips Brown, Ho at inaugural Cape Mile

Speedo’s Danie Marais, 22, pipped Myles Brown and Chad Ho in a thrilling finish to the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile swim, near Cape Town, on Saturday, 14 February. Marais finished in 17:41, a second ahead of Brown, 22,(17:40) and Midmar Mile “king” Ho, 23, (17:44) in a...

What your mouth says about your health

Visiting your dentist regularly is not only a pre-requisite for healthy teeth, but may also help identify more serious health problems. Dentist, Dr Marc Sher, says dental and oral discomfort may sometimes signal more serious health issues such as anaemia, diabetes, Crohn’s disease and mouth ulcers. Sher...

Getting into shape should be a way of life – nutritional consultant

With the holiday season over, many of us are back at the gym working out frantically, starting a new diet and putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves to lose weight. Nutritional consultant Vanessa Ascencao (www.vdanutrition.com) advises that a quick-fix approach may cause more harm than good. Ascencao says...

New technology may spread head lice

While the “selfie” craze makes waves around the world, experts warn that physical contact in group photos may lead to an increase in the spread of head lice. Head lice are small, wingless parasites which live on human hair and feed on blood drawn from the scalp,...