Home > Lifestyle > Healthy You Healthy You All sections in Lifestyle » Diet and nutrition » Fitness » Man » Sex » Parenting » Woman » Contraception » Environmental Health » Health and Your Money » Healthy Home » Healthy Workplace » Mental Health » Pet Health » Stop Smoking » Street Drugs » Sun » Teen » Travel Health » Ageing well » Natural Health » Health tech » All lifestyle sections Do I need a calcium supplement? If you need a calcium boost, a supplement or a change in diet can help. 5 worst (and 3 best) things to eat before bed Bananas, good. That bar of dark chocolate… not so much. Couples end up sharing the same bacteria You and your spouse might share more than a life together; your skin bacteria might even be the same. Walk your dog for better health Senior adults are much healthier and more active when they walk their dogs, even for just 30 minutes per day, research suggests. Your child's health: what you should be tracking Are you sure you know all the health milestones you should be tracking? SEE: These medical words are so difficult, even we can't pronounce them Can you pronounce 'sphygmomanometer', and do you know what it means? You can't help but laugh as members of the Health24 team have a go at it. IV drips: nutrients delivered directly into your bloodstream We all want optimum nutrition – and now it is being offered in the form of an IV drip. But does it work? Stem cell 'patch' may help treat heart failureSignals decoded to make 12 cell types from stem cellsShould aborted foetuses be used for stem cell research? Is stem cell injection the cure-all miracle? Stem cells are not only used in cancer treatment, but may be effective for a variety of other conditions. SEE: The dangers lurking in your cup of coffee Caffeine might give you a boost in the morning, but not everything is moonlight and roses when it comes to your cup of coffee. Help! My child wants to become a vegetarian SPONSORED: As children grow up, they begin to find their own identities and place in the world. Deciding to become vegetarian might be part of that. Here’s what you can do as a parent. This is why you must take annual leave Avoid burnout and use your annual leave to get some well-deserved rest. Your body and mind will thank you. How to keep guilt from weighing you down Figure out whether your feeling of guilt is healthy and appropriate. If not, let it go! 5 ways to eat healthy with a busy lifestyle SPONSORED: When life gets busy, a healthy diet is usually the first thing to go. Use these tips to keep your diet on track. How to communicate with your kids about nutrition SPONSORED: Teach your young children the value of good nutrition and a balanced diet while they’re still young, and it could keep them healthy for life. Why patients leave the hospital against doctor's orders Patients' age, gender, ethnicity, mental health and medical cover are all factors that influence their likelihood of discharging themselves from hospital. Why yoga, tai chi and meditation are good for you These activities reverse molecular reactions in DNA that cause poor health and depression. Why is your pee warm? Urologists say that being aware of the difference between warm urine and a burning sensation while urinating is pivotal to your health. The 5 most common childhood illnesses As a parent if you know the symptoms of the most common childhood illnesses you can catch them before they progress too far. SEE: 9 disturbing facts about junk food It might be convenient, but fast food is not good for your health. 4 ways to ‘slim down’ your drinks Striving to eat healthily and maintain the right weight is challenging – and reducing the energy content (calories) of your drinks is a helpful way to support weight control. Allergy season: What to do when your child’s allergies kick in Preparation is key when you have a child with allergies, here’s what you need to know and what you need to have in your cupboards. SEE: 7 puzzles to boost your brain power Just how smart are you? Complete these puzzles to find out. 10 fascinating facts about salt The one thing that fast foods, whether it be chips, hamburgers, pretzels or fried chicken have in common, is loads of salt. SEE: 10 health benefits of water Water does more than just cool you down... Top 5 common vitamin and mineral deficiencies in SA Can you confidently say that you have a nutritionally balanced diet? Here are five common nutritional deficiencies you could be experiencing. SEE: How much sleep do you need? Getting enough sleep is vital to your overall health. Is sweating a sign of a good workout? Is the guy next to you in a puddle of sweat on the treadmill working harder than you, or does he just perspire more than you? 8 ways to work out as a couple Working out together will not only bring you closer as a couple, but can greatly improve your fitness too. Pilates or cardio – which is best? The controlled stretching of Pilates or the sweaty, breathlessness of cardio – which workout is better? 5 reasons volunteering is healthy Volunteering has many benefits and there is plenty of research to support this. Here are five reasons you should volunteer. 5 essential life skills to boost your well-being A study shows that these five traits can lead to a healthier, less lonely and more financially stable lifestyle. How much exercise can you safely do when you are over 50? Exercising when you’re over 50 can greatly improve your quality of life. Here’s how to exercise safely and effectively. SEE: 8 places to go hiking in South Africa this summer Exercise can be fun. Get outdoors this summer and try one of these hikes around South Africa. The 7 stages of drunkenness One drink and the conversation starts flowing. Another drink and your confidence grows. Drink number three, and you’re ready to party! What comes after that? Sleepless nights linked to risk of heart attack New research suggests that chronic wakefulness might leave its mark on the cardiovascular system. Osteoporosis – the risk factors you cannot change These risk factors should convince you to have your bone health checked out. Scientists call this the 'fountain of youth' A study has found that high intensity interval training seems to give older cells a boost, even reversing some of the effects of ageing. Am I at risk of developing osteoporosis? Prevention is better than cure when it comes to osteoporosis. These are the things you need to look out for. Tired of the ups and downs of yo-yo dieting? 'Coaching' sessions can help you keep the weight from creeping back after a diet, a new study found. Running out of ideas? Here are 6 fun ways to keep kids active Getting children outside into the fresh air to play can sometimes be quite a challenge. Here are some creative ideas to get you started. 5 ways to ensure you stick to your healthy eating plan Here are some helpful tips on how to recover from all those lovely festive treats and get back to healthy eating. 8 of the best beach workouts SPONSORED: Beach workouts are a fantastic way to maintain your fitness. Your fast-food packaging may be toxic Boxes and grease-resistant wrappers are very convenient when you're eating on the go, but a new study concluded that these materials might be bad for your health. Is brown sugar a healthier alternative to white sugar?How much sugar is too much for kids?WHO recommends soda tax Shocking: See what accounts for more than a third of your daily sugar intake A Wits study gives us a stark reminder of the shocking amount of sugar in South Africans' daily fizzy drink intake as parliament debates the proposed sugar tax. Stay hydratedGet active this summer – sitting ages you!Why female students ignore the risks of indoor tanning 7 common summer ailments Surprisingly, there are a number of diseases, conditions and ailments that are more likely to bother you in summer than during the winter months. Is brown sugar a healthier alternative to white sugar? It’s a new year and everyone wants to start the year by eating healthier foods. You might believe brown sugar is a healthier alternative to white sugar, but is this actually true? Lose weight this summer Implement these five changes and you won’t gain weight this summer – in fact, you may even lose as much as 20kg, depending on how bad your current habits are. 5 ways to kickstart your fitness routine in 2017 With the festive season at an end, getting back into your fitness routine should be a breeze with these five steps. Can rooibos help you lose weight? It turns out that one of the best kept weight loss secrets could already be in your kitchen as research finds that just one cup of Rooibos tea every day can help you lose as much as a kilo a month. Make a healthy lifestyle your New Year's resolution Here are seven ways to kick-start your healthy lifestyle this year. 7 reasons to start running Looking for a reason to start running? We have seven. 6 articles you must read about alcohol As the year winds down, you may find yourself turning to alcohol to relax during the much-needed holidays. Here are six articles to read first before you reach for that third or fourth glass. Top tips for building healthy bones Exercise, eating the right foods and calcium supplementation all go a long way toward strengthening and protecting your bones – and not only when you’re older. 4 health trends you should not follow this summer Just because people are following these trends does not mean they are healthy. Make good choices this summer. Busting the myths about caffeine Caffeine is a central nervous stimulant, and your response to the substance will depend on things like your tolerance levels and your genetics. 7 reasons why the sun is good for you Yes, the sun is good for you – in moderation of course. We take a look at seven ways the sun can have a positive impact on your body and mind. 6 ways to destress As the year comes to an end you need to find ways to destress. Here are six booze-free ways to unwind. Your 'recipe' for a healthy summer season Offering healthy fruit and vegetable dishes to your guests over the summer holidays is something many of them would appreciate, experts say. 7 unusual New Year’s resolutions Does your New Year start with you reeling off the same old dutiful commitments to join a gym? We've got seven alternative resolutions that will keep things interesting for 2017. 10 resolutions you can actually keep New Year's resolutions usually result in one thing: guilt. Maybe you're setting the bar too high? Check out these ones you might actually be able to stick to. 6 nutrition tips for healthy, active kids Kids are full of seemingly endless energy, but it can be difficult for a parent to know what foods their child should be eating to stay full of life. Here are 6 tips to keep your child healthy, happy and reaching for the stars. How to get a summer six-pack No matter your age, you too can sport a flat tummy this summer. Here are the exercises that will get you to a taut, toned stomach in a month. 7 ways to avoid beach sport injuries Being active on the beach during the holidays is fun and will keep you fit, but make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid getting injured. Sensual, sexy summer Welcome to the festive, frisky season. A sensualist tells how you can have some sensual summer fun. Summer allergens Sunny days are here, but this can also bring on a whole host of summer nasties in the form of allergens. Staying fit and healthy can be really cheap Aerobics instructor, Vincent Masobe, shows us how keeping fit doesn't have to cost a cent. 4 reasons to get it on tonight It’s been a while. Getting out of a dry patch is often just a case of getting back in the habit. So if you can’t really think why not, then why not? Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure? You can drink it hot or cold, in a cocktail or mocktail. The fact is, rooibos tea is a versatile brew. 6 top tips to keep your eyes healthy Our vision is so important, yet most of us don't really know what we can do to protect our eyes. Here are 6 easy tips to protect your vision and keep your eyes functioning at their best. Get the facts on omega fats Omega fatty acids play an important role in keeping your body healthy and functioning at its best. Get the lowdown on omega-3, -6 and -9 and the types of foods you should be eating to ensure you’re getting enough of all three. Swap coffee for yoga – 3 postures to energise your day If you are like most westerners, and use coffee as a means to kick start your pressure filled day, consider trading caffeine for calm. Foods you need to fuel your brain Our brains consume a large part of our total energy and we need a balanced diet to ensure optimal concentration, especially when we’re writing exams. Are you too polite for your own good? You shake hands, you clean your plate and have a final drink to make others happy. But could this be making you ill? 5 summer essentials to add to your child’s school bag Find out what your child will need for a summer-ready school bag. How to stick to your New Year's resolutions A psychologist suggests 5 tips to help you maintain your New Year's resolutions. Your sunblock could be increasing your risk of cancer Studies have shown that non-organic sunscreen lotions may cause skin damage and lead to serious health problems, including cancer. 7 most horrifying things found in the human body Fish, magnets and trees are just some of the most bizarre things found in the human body . . . Work stress can make you sick A study has found that high levels of stress in the workplace is linked to more leave for mental health problems. 5 good-mood makers Sometimes life sends you the good stuff – heart-warming moments that leave you smiling despite yourself. But you can go out and get that feel-good happy stuff for yourself. How? By doing something for someone else. 'Walking meetings' raise activity levels of office workers Physical activity interventions that encourage walking and raise levels of physical activity in the workplace are needed to counter the negative health effects of sedentary behaviour. Stimulating the brain can boost immunity A study indicates that activation of areas of the brain associated with positive expectations can affect how the body copes with diseases. Are your symptoms a sign of an omega-3 deficiency? Omega-3 plays an important role in keeping our bodies healthy but many of us do not get enough of this essential fatty acid in our diet. Here are the signs of an omega-3 deficiency to watch out for. 10 medical reasons why you might be tired A variety of illnesses could leave you feeling completely drained. We highlight 10 health conditions that are known to cause fatigue. Lunchbox ideas for kids who are fussy eaters Coming up with a healthy lunchbox day after day can be a challenge to even the most creative parent – even more so if your child is a fussy eater. Here are some useful tips. The 7 most common lies patients tell their doctors How many vegetables truly pass your lips daily? How much sugar do you have in your coffee or tea? How much alcohol do you really drink? 4 ways to enjoy food while you watch your weight Whilst cutting down on energy intake (calories) promote weight loss, very often it is the eating behaviour around food that we need to correct to sustain the weight loss in the long term. 4 ways you could be wrong about antibiotics What would we do without antibiotics? And what happens when bacteria fight back? How your brain knows it's time to sleep What time does your brain think it is? Insomnia or daytime sleepiness are about more than just how much you sleep. Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Internationally, there is growing evidence that nutrition labelling can promote a healthy diet and reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases. 10 health reasons to go hiking this winter While curling up in front of a fire or nice movie might seem like the ideal way to spend a winter’s day, getting out may actually make you feel better. Here are 10 health reasons to try hiking this winter. Summer? No sweat. Summer is here, and that means more sunlight, longer days and more time to do what you feel like doing. Life’s a (nude) beach Summer is only getting hotter and your favourite beaches are overrun by masses. So why not make your way to a nudist beach instead? You need to know this if you're spending too much time in the sun With the onset of the recent heatwave, not staying hydrated and protecting your skin could endanger your health. Survive the party season You’ve been exercising, eating healthily and watching the winter kilos melt away. There is just one little obstacle between you and the summer holidays: the end-of-year parties. Is there a difference between winter and summer colds? Although colds are strongly associated with autumn and winter, there is a different kind of cold virus that tends to rear its ugly head during the summer months. Dry summer = dry eyes 8 holiday safety tips for seniors Summer holidays are coming up. For many people, seniors included, this means family gatherings, more shopping expeditions, and possibly a bit of travel. Summer: bikinis, sun and allergies Summer means fun in the sun for most, but for a group of sun-sensitive people sunshine could have terrible consequences. Here's all you need to know about summer sun allergy. Protect yourself this summer advertisement From our sponsors Johannesburg conference to tackle digital transformation in healthcare WIN a R2000 voucher. 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