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Kidneys – top 10 deadly habits

YOUR kidneys are two of the most important organs in your body. They duo filter your blood, produce hormones, eliminate toxins, absorb minerals, produce urine, neutralise acids, and more. They play vital roles in several of your body’s major functions, and if they’re not properly taken care of, they can develop some serious health concerns […]

Detox your liver!

THE liver plays the leading role in the process of detoxification of the body, as it turns nutrients into useful substances, and toxins into harmless ingredients. The function of the liver is extremely important for overall health, so, in order to improve it, you need to occasionally detox it. The liver is located in the […]

Not so sweet for the babies

Honey has long been a favourite treat for many people, but its health-giving benefits have been brought into question. It may contain Clostridium botulinum spores that can germinate and multiply when ingested, and produce the toxin that causes botulism, a rare but serious gastro-intestinal condition. Babies are most vulnerable to this infection between the ages […]

Ugh…who’s for a second cuppa?

THEY must be the most obnoxious creatures ever, carrying all sorts of germs as they scurry around from the sewers they inhabit. Yet, believe it or not, some people are actually drinking cockroach milk as a dairy alternative now, and it is said that the product is more nutritional. The milk is derived from “cockroach […]

Life’s not so fruity

A NEW study has found that fructose, the sugar found in fruit and high-fructose corn syrup, is actually processed in the small intestine and not the liver, as previously believed. And when people consume fructose in large amounts, for example in processed foods or a small, soft drink, it overwhelms the small intestine and spills […]

Slim chance of dieting with shamed products

CONSUMER authorities in Spain have “named and shamed” a total of 23 products on sale, said to work “diet miracles” and aid weight-loss. They also reveal that, currently, there is no proper control over the advertising or distribution of these goods. The OCU’s Kilos de Mentiras (“Kilos of Lies”) campaign says many dietary supplements, slimming […]

Bad rhythms mean blues!

STICKING to a normal daily rhythm, which means being active during the day and sleeping at night, can have more benefits than you might expect. A new study looked at disruptions in the circadian rhythms, or daily sleep/wake cycles, of over 91,000 adults in the United Kingdom. It measured these by using a device called […]

Junk food may spoil chances of pregnancy

NOT many things can be more upsetting than having problems conceiving, and a recent study suggests that women who regularly eat fast food, and not enough fruit, are more likely to struggle. A survey of 5,598 women found that those who enjoyed fast food, four or more times a week, took nearly a month longer […]

Seeing a way forward

A CATARACT is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. They are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, and the principal cause of blindness in the world. They affect more than 22 million Americans aged 40 and older, and, […]

It’s food for thought

MANY of us have heard about the vegan diet, and have all sorts of misconceptions about what it entails. We imagine that the food would be tasteless and boring, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. And when Demi Thompson, founder of The Vegan Project, realised he wasn’t as healthy as he could have […]

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