Just two sugary drinks a week is hazardous – research

  Research shows that just two sugar sweetened beverages a week may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, while drinking one a day may raise blood pressure.   A Stellenbosch University review of 36 studies found that the consumption of sweetened drinks is steadily rising worldwide, impacting...

Vitamin D may ease Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – research

Supplementing with vitamin D may help relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as cramps, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, studies show....

Energy food by Vanessa Ascencao, Nutritional Consultant

Cutting down or eliminating certain foods may counter depleted energy which is common in the first few weeks of a new year due to overindulgence over the holiday season. Foods which cause energy depletion include wheat, sugar, alcohol and stimulants like coffee and cigarettes. Cut down...

Fruit and veg early in life may counter heart disease — study

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables as a young adult may lower the risk of heart disease in middle age, a recent study by the American Heart Association (AAH) has found. The study, published in the AAH journal Circulation, found that people between 18 and 30...

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,...

South Africans are magnesium deficient, fuelling disease – WHO and nutritional consultant

Three quarters of South Africans are believed to be deficient in magnesium – an essential nutrient responsible for hundreds of chemical reactions in our bodies – contributing to heart disease, diabetes, stress, insomnia and muscle injury. Magnesium is associated with thousands more chemical reactions, is required...

Diabetics at greater risk of contracting flu – research

People living with diabetes are at greater risk of contracting flu than non-diabetics, research shows. This is because diabetes sufferers are more likely to have an impaired immune system and are more susceptible to colds and flu infections, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). “Patients with...