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. Has 2020 knocked you off your feet? You may need a psychological boost The trash fire year that is 2020 has definitely flushed the world's confidence down the drain. Here are a few tips on how to rebuild yours. How our brains map relationships and lonelinessWATCH | 4 Ways to prevent loneliness while social distancing Caring for grandkids might help stave off loneliness Why stay in touch while keeping distant? It's only human According to researchers, our need to be around people is hard-wired into our brains. CBD medicine may help ease another form of seizureGet to know your CBD: 6 things to bear in mind to avoid buying a toxic or illegal productCBD is the rage, but more research and science on safety and efficacy is needed Interest in CBD products keeps soaring, but health experts wary A few years ago, there was hardly anyone searching for CBD online, but now there are millions of unique searches each month. CBD may, however, not be a 'cure all'. How testosterone supplements could double men's odds for blood clotsTransgender hormone therapy could pose heart dangersTestosterone therapy may threaten the heart How high testosterone levels have different health outcomes for men and women Researchers emphasise why it's important to consider men and women separately in testosterone studies. Brain-controlled robotics helps reverse paralysis Virtual reality may help alcoholics beat cravingsVirtual superheroes more helpful in real world too How virtual reality can bring you real-life pain Virtual reality is also used for education and industrial training. A headset is worn and users often perform full-body movements. US bans on texting while behind the wheel making roads saferDon't remember sending that text? You might be sleep textingWhy you shouldn't use your cell phone while exercising Why texting while walking is dangerous business We know that texting and driving is dangerous, but how is texting while walking risky? WATCH: What happens when we smile?Yes, 'smiling depression' is a thing - here's how to know if you have itScience says smiling does bring a mood boost Simply smiling may boost your outlook Simply moving your facial muscles into a smile can make you view the world more positively. The truth about salt and weight loss Past studies indicate that higher sodium intake promotes weight loss, but researchers debunk this notion in a more recent study. Vaping now tied to rise in stroke riskWhat does it mean to be skinny fat, and how do I tell if that's me?Kids, teens with abnormal heart rhythms more likely to suffer from ADHD, anxiety and depression These are the top 10 health conditions affecting millennials today Substance use, alcohol and tobacco-related conditions are all on the list... Exercise before breakfast could help to burn more fatDon't want a 2nd heart attack? Lose the belly fatWhy does weight gain often come with age? What does it mean to be skinny fat, and how do I tell if that's me? Let's at least call it something else already. Is a midlife crisis a real thing, or is something deeper going on? Experts explain why the common term is a total myth. Some solid advice on New Year's resolutions that might stick There are a few easy steps you can take that will set you on the right track for a healthier 2020. Why it may be even tougher for women to quit smoking than menWATCH: Scientists say it's never too late to start exercisingHow to stick to your New Year's resolutions Tips to keep your New Year's resolutions Are your New Year's resolutions already going off the beaten track? These factors put you at risk for lymphoedema – chronic swelling of your limbs Plus: Everything you have to avoid if you suffer from the condition. Mental illness among employees is on the rise: can workplace wellness programmes help?Doctor burnout costly for patients and health care systemHere's why you want to take a nap after lunch 5 ways to increase your productivity Every now and then, we struggle with productivity, but there are ways to help get you back on track. Everything you need to know about microneedlingMercury in creams, faeces in cosmetics: Beware bargain beauty productsDoes beauty lie in your DNA? 10 DIY ways to use salt for gorgeous skin, hair, teeth, and nails This natural ingredient has major beauty benefits. Companies let employees 'escape' from workDo I have stress overload?Doctor burnout costly for patients and health care system How to avoid information overload A recent survey found that a high percentage of people are stressed by all the information they need to keep track of. Increase your 'good' fat intake, they say, but how much fat do you really need?Team sports could help traumatised kids grow into healthy adultsWATCH: When you don't have enough healthy red blood cells Just two hours a week in nature could be your prescription to better health In a new study, people who spent two to three hours per week in nature were considerably more likely to report 'good health' or 'high well-being'. What your fingers reveal about your sexual appetitesBaby born with record 34 fingers and toesBrain chips help prosthetic fingers obtain a sense of touch What would your life be like if we were born with 11 fingers? Apparently an extra finger could be quite handy Researchers believe having additional digits, specifically fingers, could significantly boost a person's dexterity. What it feels like to wear a prosthetic limbArtificial hand with a sense of touch coming soonAnimals with prosthetic limbs Sensor-laden glove helps robotic hands 'feel' objects Using sensor-laden gloves, researchers are creating 'tactile maps' that could be used to improve the dexterity of artificial hands. Man with three faces: Frenchman gets second face transplantMan with new face meets donor's widowUS firefighter feels 'normal' year after face transplant Face transplants were considered a thing of the future, but those who have had the op are seeing the massive benefits Face transplants have given patients enough functionality to to socially reintegrate in a way that would not have been possible before. Cannabidiol has many uses – and may even lower stressWait, can CBD legit help with anxiety?The health-boosting wonders of hemp US watchdog takes hard look at CBD There is a 'flood' of CBD products made from hemp coming onto the market, with many claims being made by the people trying to sell them. Carb cycling: An exercise in weight lossWhich is a better cardio workout: running or cycling?The only 4 cycling workouts you really need 5 reasons you should be commuting to work on a bike Why it's good for more than your physique. Fast food may lead to lower school resultsOmega-3s don't improve brain powerExercise while learning boosts test scores Too hot or too cold? The room temp can get blamed after botching a test or exam – but now science says it's a valid concern A recent study examined how temperature affects differences between men and women in mental performance. 6 ‘healthy’ foods you should cut back on if you want to lose weightThese are the 20 best healthy snacks for weight loss3 common mistakes newbie vegans make that lead to weight gain 'I went from underweight and malnourished to healthy and strong' Proof that commitment and consistency is the key to any weight transformation. A guide to safe oral sexThis is why oral sex could be really bad for your healthMen face higher risk of HPV cancers linked to oral sex Hate giving oral sex? Try these expert tips 4 ways to upgrade the time you spend downtown. NEWS24: Impotent? Maybe you should see a heart doctorErectile dysfunction and stressHow to handle erectile dysfunction without panicking 7 things you can do today so your penis can perform better tonight Your daily behaviours play a big role in whether your erection can rise to the occasion. How to put the brakes on 'emotional eating'Why evenings may be a dangerous time for dietersHow fast-food cues can lead you to overeat The 6 real reasons why you can’t stop overeating And it's not because food tastes good. Fatherhood can help change a man's bad habitsFatherhood may alter the brainCooking at home can help you lose weight and drop body fat What we learnt from Riky Rick on fitness and fatherhood The rapper let us in on how he keeps fit, and the secret to being a great dad. See what your doctor can discover just by using a torchBreast self-examinationRectal examination How to check your anus and vagina to ensure all’s well down there Grab a mirror. Take the stairs: An 'exercise snack' can do wonders for your heart and lungsEven the smallest fitness gains could help you reduce the risk of a heart attackDiet or exercise – or both? How this young man inspires his neighbourhood to stay fit A fit mind and a few tyres can do wonders. Fertility treatments don't raise cancer risk for offspringCanine bone cancer vaccine hints at a human versionDetect skin cancer early – here’s how How these top doctors avoid cancer We asked physicians and researchers how to dodge the biggest killers in the world. Head injuries in sport may cause up to 7% decrease in thinking skillsConcussion in school rugby: new study evaluates risksMore organised sport raises kids' injury risk This screening reduces medical emergencies during endurance sport The tool developed by the University of Pretoria could save your life. These SA sportsmen have the sexiest legsRed meat for athletes – part ISuccessful sportsmen don't specialise early on 12 South African heroes to motivate you for the rest of the year Here are 12 local heroes that we're looking forward to watching in 2019. 10 easy ways to stay healthy during the festive season 6 ways your brain benefits when your body’s in great shapeSkipped gym again? Here’s how you get back on track Learn how this chef eats well and stays in shape We recruited fit chef Graham Neilson to teach us how to lift heavy in both the kitchen and gym. An hour's walk can counteract a sedentary dayPedal your way to better health at workWork out at work The revolutionary study that made hundreds of people get active at work Who knew sitting for longer than 30 minutes could increase one's diabetes risk? 8 reasons why you’re having painful sex9 tips for better sexPreventing pain during sex 7 reasons your stomach hurts after sex – and how to make it stop Your big O shouldn't come with a big ouch. Cracking the truth on vaginal eggsWhat to do if your tampon is stuck inside youShould you be using feminine hygiene products? What every type of vaginal odour means for your health – and how to get rid of it asap First rule: Don't panic. Here's how I am getting back into running after taking a breakOnly endurance exercise slows down ageingThis is why you should take a break in order to stay fit Train like a beast with the bodyweight system called Animal Flow Animal Flow is a hybrid that takes in gymnastics, parkour, capoeira, and even breakdancing. What makes it so hard is also what makes it so effective. We decode 3 popular diets – here are the pros and consYou probably didn't know about this benefit of being a vegetarian6 reasons to become a flexitarian Everything you should know before trying a plant-based diet It’s not all wheatgrass shots and kale salads. 5 factors that put you at risk for hypothyroidismGet to know your thyroidCheck your neck – you might have thyroid abnormalities 'My unexplained weight gain turned out to be a major thyroid problem' Every woman should know the subtle signs of this condition. 5 best workout stories to motivate you for 2019The right way to fuel up before workouts4 super easy hacks to reduce post-workout pain How short can a workout really be? Two-minute workout? Please. MH fitness advisor, Mark Peterson, says you can (and should) do more. Do these three stretches to relieve those office chair pains The best part? You can do these no-weight, no-sweat exercises anywhere. Early detection key to preventing cervical cancerYour gynae just said you have a soft cervix – but what does it mean?5 photos of your cervix you need to see A bruised cervix is an intercourse injury you definitely don't want You might have to slow things down... Another day at the office – thanks to a defibrillator close at handStatins help the heart, no matter what your ageEven the smallest fitness gains could help you reduce the risk of a heart attack 5 women share exactly what it feels like to have a heart attack 'I felt like I had a pill stuck in my throat.' The mystery of the female orgasm solved?How exercise can give you an orgasmThings you didn’t know about her orgasm Why you always feel like peeing during sex Orgasm or pee? Orgasm or pee... The genius ab exercise that all gymnasts use, but everyone else ignores Watch how you can smash this move and obliterate fat. 5 New Year’s resolutions that are not about losing weight16 totally doable weight-loss resolutions you should commit to this yearOut with the old, in with the new Here's how to make weight loss goals that will actually stick Understanding the benefits of your goals will help you achieve them. The key to finding those benefits is asking yourself 'why?' Can I get a fungal infection from not washing my bath?Clean home may reduce asthma attacks in kidsIs that mould in your home toxic? What happens if I accidentally eat mouldy food? Chances are that you’ll be fine. However, according to experts, there are some things worth noting about eating mould. 8 reasons why you’re having painful sex9 tips for better sexPreventing pain during sex 7 reasons your stomach hurts after sex – and how to make it stop Your big O shouldn't come with a big ouch. Just a little weightlifting can help your heartStruggling to build muscle? These 4 unusual tips will helpSlim down by counting bites instead of calories 'I gained 13 kilos of muscle by tracking my calories' She set her sights on building lean muscle. 5 tips on managing urinary incontinence during sexNew non-invasive treatment for incontinence approved by FDAWhy do some women still avoid medical treatment for incontinence? Here’s what to do if you’re struggling with urinary incontinence This new injection could change your life. Backdoor bleachingMpumalanga women risking lives with skin bleachAnal sex What is anal bleaching – and why are people doing it? Anal bleaching is the process of applying chemicals to the skin around the anus in order to lighten the naturally deeper pigmentation. What exactly is free bleeding – and should you do it?11 reasons why you’re getting your period twice in one month12 reasons why you’ve got period symptoms but no period Um, can you still get your period while you’re pregnant? You don’t menstruate when you're pregnant , but that doesn’t mean your bathroom trips will always be blood-free. Zone in on zincZinc may just be your secret weapon against the common coldA-Z(inc) deficiency 9 zinc-rich foods that belong in your diet Zinc is an essential mineral that is key to a healthy diet. Should you sleep with a tampon in overnight?Model’s leg amputated after a severe reaction to a tamponHow a doctor would remove a stuck tampon What to do if your tampon is stuck inside you Having a tampon stuck up there isn’t exactly something you want. Keep this info handy just in case one of your tampons goes rogue. Are you a vegan? This is how to meet your requirements for calcium and Vitamin B12Low on vitamin b12Vitamin B12 deficiency: signs and symptoms Can you really use vitamin B-12 shots for weight loss? Somewhere along the line, B-12 shots started getting linked with weight loss. But can B-12 shots actually help you drop kilos, or is it all just BS? Amniocentesis (procedure)'Panic parenting' fear drives many women to freeze eggs6 early miscarriage symptoms all pregnant women need to know This is what having an amniocentesis really feels like An amniocentesis is procedure in which a small amount of amniotic fluid containing foetal tissue is extracted from the uterus to be screened for chromosomal abnormalities. Should you really be using coconut oil for everything?Can coconut oil really help you lose weight?Clearing up the confusion around coconut oil Should you really use coconut oil for acne? Will coconut oil help clear up your acne or will it make things worse? Diabetes can make weight loss harder – here's what you can doBrain's 'self-control' centre may be key to weight-loss successWhy aren't you losing weight? 6 reasons your weight loss has plateaued – and how to fix them When you attempt to lose weight, the body aims to defend its set point to keep you in a certain range. Here's how to move beyond that point. Put some healthful into holiday eating10 helpings of fruit and veg a dayMediterranean diet keeps seniors' minds healthier Which veggies have more nutrients: fresh or frozen? Despite boasting high levels of nutrients, many vegetables start to degrade as soon as they’re harvested. Sisters supplying disadvantaged schoolgirls in Ikageng with sanitary padsMenstruation after the pill'Period comfort walls' may soon be found in bathrooms What exactly is free bleeding – and should you do it? In a nutshell, free bleeding is when you don’t do anything to block or collect your period blood. Can supplements up your energy?Here is why you should be having sex in the morning'Stay away from energy drinks' nutritionist advises learners 11 ways to get more energy when you’re feeling tired We need sleep to give us energy, and most people require seven to nine hours of sleep per night to feel their best. Struggling to build muscle? These 4 unusual tips will help8 ways to treat sore muscles and why they could be overworked4 tips for getting superhero muscle from Deadpool’s trainer Should I try creatine? This is what you need to know 'Using creatine while weight training typically enhances strength gains by five to 15% in the first month, with no side effects.' Reese Witherspoon's leg workout‘I started skipping a few minutes every day. This is how it transformed my legs’5 reasons you can’t run faster! This leg-sculpting workout will make you want to wear shorts Say hello to lean, strong, sexy legs. Men more prone to jealousy over sexual infidelityDo you trust your partner?Reboot your life with a boot camp session Man reveals how he lost 76kg after his girlfriend cheated on him The ultimate motivator turned out to be infidelity. Which is a better cardio workout: running or cycling? The two giants of cardio go head-to-head. Should you take supplements on the keto diet? It might not be a bad idea. Woman left paralysed after being ‘catapulted’ from bed during sex sues for R18 millionWhy do I get cramps after I orgasm?A truly astonishing number of women never have morning sex Do you feel sad after sex? This is why and what you can do about it A new study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy has revealed that 41% of the men surveyed had felt sad after sex in the previous four weeks. Quinoa may be safe for coeliacsIs quinoa a miracle food?Is gluten-free really better for you? 6 legit health benefits of quinoa It's a "complete" protein, for starters. What teens do to contact lenses – and how it could blind them5 contact lens horror stories that will make you squirmDoctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye Is it safe to sleep with your contact lenses in? We found out With people going blind, sleeping with your contact lenses is a lot more serious than it looks. Germs grow on medical implants, but can they make you sick? Contrary to belief, implants are not completely sterile. When you insert a foreign body into the human body, you create a new habitat for bacteria. Can green, open spaces make you healthier? New research suggests that spending some time outdoors might be beneficial for your health. How doctors can spot when you’re faking an illness It's one thing to cough and sniff in front of your parents or boss, but you need to realise that it's a completely different matter to fake an illness to an actual doctor. The hidden danger of your wire-bristle braai grill cleaner When accidentally ingested, wire bristles can cause injury and even lead to a surgical emergency. Here's why you should stay with one doctor for life Being loyal to one doctor could help you live a longer and healthier life. ‘I feel responsible for giving my daughter a rare disease’Can you blame your parents for your allergies?Your lifestyle can determine how your DNA plays out 5 serious health conditions that can be passed down through your genes This is where genetic testing really comes in handy. Why too much salt is bad for you Constantly adding salt to your meals? Here are seven reasons why it could be harming your health. 7 embarrassing medical questions answeredFrom the nose to the penis – a history of organ transplantsRemoving tonsils, appendix boosts heart attack risk 7 body parts we don't actually need Have you ever questioned why you were born with tonsils and an appendix if you don’t need them? Turns out these are not the only obsolete human body parts. 'IV lounges' are the latest health fad, but are they safe? IV drip treatments are trendy and popular, but how effective are they? 5 ways to talk to about incontinence16 most embarrassing running questions… answered!Got gas? Get a grip on it now. 7 embarrassing medical questions answered Everyone has a niggly question or two they'd like to ask their doctor. Perhaps you'll find the answers you seek in this article. Why doctors shouldn't keep bad news from their patients7 of the most bizarre medical treatmentsTraditional healer busted for performing illegal abortions for R700 5 tips to get the most out of your health checkups this year Ticking off your annual checkups? Here's how to get the most out of your visits to doctors and specialists. What your sleep position is telling you – and the pyjamas you should be wearing See what your snoozing style says about you and the affect it's having on your body 7 ways dermatologists protect their skin – without totally avoiding the sun Because nobody wants to skip the beach. 5 rules for weight training nutrition Weight training has several health benefits, but make sure you’re getting the proper nutrients for optimum muscle building. Weight training for beginners If you are going to the gym for the first time and don’t know where to start, here are some guidelines and tips that may help you ease into things. Etiquette mistakes we make at gym Mind your manners when you’re working out in the gym. Are you guilty of any of these errors? Fit family goals – and how to get them You could be your family’s very own personal trainer with enough motivation and determination. Are we giving too much ‘weight’ to body mass index? Is body mass index just a number, or is it important to determine your overall health? Everything you need to know about bone density tests This is another test you should add to your medical checklist – just as important as any other health check-up. 5 exercises you can do in your lounge You don’t need a gym membership to ensure that you maintain a healthy mind and body all year round. 20 simple steps to forge the willpower you need to lose weight and get fit Your resolve is just as important as your diet and training plan. This is the best type of alcohol to drink if you’re trying to lose weight Could there be a way to drink away the fat? 8 surprising things that happen to your body when you stop drinking booze Learn the surprising effects that sobering up has on your body, your mind and your life. SEE: 10 of the best diet tips It's difficult to get all the best diet tips in one place. Luckily Health24 has done all the hard work... Could you ever be a cannibal? The idea of eating human flesh fills most of us with horror. Worldwide, however, there are large numbers of people who break this taboo on a regular basis. SEE: Why this pregnant woman is obese – and how she could lose weight As obesity is a form of malnutrition, it puts unborn babies at risk of various birth defects. 7 things you do in the morning that make you feel tired all day Scrap these from your morning routine to feel alert all day 6 types of salt you probably didn’t know Awaken your pallet to these different kinds of salt. load more articles advertisement Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.