Microbiome

STROKE IMPLICATIONS AND REHABILITATION

Stroke is the fourth highest cause of death from natural causes in South Africa, closely following on the top three: TB, diabetes, and heart disease. This is according to the latest information available from Statistics SA, namely for 2016. In 2015, stroke was the...

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WAYS TO PREVENT A STROKE

A wide variety of factors can increase the risk of stroke. It is possible to have inherited an increased genetic predisposition to having a stroke, illustrated by family history. Aging is another factor that increases risk. However, there are many risk factors that...

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MINDFUL EATING

The four tried and trusted pillars of a healthy lifestyle – move more, stress less, love more and eat well – may not always yield the desired results in weight management. To augment the eat well part of one’s lifestyle, some people have benefitted from the practice...

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UNDERSTANDING OUR SECOND BRAIN

Your body contains a separate nervous system which is so complex, it has been called the second brain.  It comprises an estimated 500 million neurons (nerve cells), and is around 9 metres long, stretching from your esophagus to your anus.  Embedded in the wall of your...

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GUT FLORA AND OBESITY

Sugar and refined carbohydrates feed the bacteria in your mouth that are responsible for tooth decay.  So too fast foods and processed foods cause an imbalance in your gut between the healthy, beneficial bacteria and the unwanted, pathological microbes.  This...

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GUT FLORA AND YOUR BRAIN

The human digestive or gastro-intestinal tract is such a vital organ in our bodies and we often fail to fully grasp the enormity of the role it plays.  Our gut is often referred to as our petrol tank, but it is so much more than just a food processing plant.  The...

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