Physical Activity

ARTERIAL PLAQUE

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally.   The World Health Organization lists ischaemic heart disease as the number one cause of death in the world, followed by stroke in a distant second place.  Ischaemic heart disease, also...

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COVID 19 AND THE GUT LUNG AXIS

The functioning of the human body can be compared to a chemical factory, where many individual chemical processes are integrated into a single unit with a common purpose – to keep us alive. Just like any factory, the body needs raw materials to fuel these chemical...

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THE CHEMISTRY OF EXERCISE

Any physical activity or movement of some sort, “activates” most of the physiological systems in the body, such as the respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems, as well as hormonal and immune responses. Regular exercise results in the inherent...

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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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SARCOPENIA

Growing old gracefully is not for the faint hearted, the brittle boned or the weak. Brittle bones due to osteoporosis, in combination with muscle loss (sarcopenia), can result in falls and broken bones. Muscle mass and strength, in particular, are very important to...

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BONE LOSS AND OSTEOPOROSIS

Like a silent thief in the night, you are unaware of the presence of osteoporosis, until something breaks suddenly – a window in the case of a burglar; or a bone in your body in the case of osteoporosis. What is bone? Although it looks like a rock-solid substance,...

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BRAIN CHANGING EFFECTS OF EXERCISE

“Walking is man’s best medicine” This is one of the famous sayings attributed to Hippocrates, the Ancient Greek physician, born around 460 BC and widely regarded as the father of Medicine. It still holds true in the modern day and age, as countless studies have shown...

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GARDENING IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH

Direct exposure to nature plays an important part in our well-being and has been proven to have a calming effect on us. When the interaction with nature takes the form of gardening, it is an eye-opener to see how many substantial health benefits are available to us....

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NATURAL WAYS TO REDUCE THE DISCOMFORT OF ARTHRITIS

What is arthritis? Arthritis is a condition that describes joint pain or joint disease in one or more joints in the body where bones come together, such as the knees, hips, elbows, wrists, fingers and toes. In medical terms, arthritis refers to joint...

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