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. 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. 7 reasons 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. Osteoporosis: not only a concern for women Although osteoporosis is more common in women, it also means that it is severely under diagnosed in men. Could you be at risk? No time for exercise? Just move more Exercise doesn't have to be a structured event in order to for you to reap the benefits. You can keep healthy by simply staying active. 5 health benefits of a hot stone massage You probably never knew how beneficial this treatment could be. How to make your home safe for seniors Safety begins in the home. Fortunately, there are various things you can do to ensure that your home is elderly-friendly. 12 foods to eat when you're stressed Here’s how omega-3 rich foods can help reduce your anxiety. Drinking coffee might be making you fat Your morning staple could be messing with your taste buds. Are you a vegan? This is how to meet your requirements for calcium and Vitamin B12 Two key nutrients that are commonly at risk for deficiency in the diet of vegans are Vitamin B12 and Calcium. Is napping good or bad for you? Your need to nap may be genetic—or a symptom of health trouble. 8 weight-loss mistakes you may be making Avoid these common errors that can sabotage your efforts to drop a few kilo’s. SEE: How many calories there are in your daily coffee? With summer around the corner, many of us are looking for smarter ways to cut down on calories. 5 Things to consider when choosing a diet Deciding which diet is best for you can be tricky, here is some help to make things a little easier for you. 9 ways the weather affects your health Changing seasons can affect more than the temperature... We take a look at nine ways the weather affects your health. Can coffee really make you live longer? Can't live without your cuppa? Drink up! A study suggests that four cups of coffee a day could lower our risk of early death by as much as 64%. 6 reasons to become a flexitarian If you have ever had the desire to include more meat-free meals in your diet, this might just be the lifestyle you are looking for. 5 hobbies that will make you happier Are you stuck in a rut? It might be time to consider a hobby. It's never too late to find an activity you are passionate about. SEE: You are not as old as you think you are. This is your body's real age Your body has an incredible ability to regenerate itself – and although you get older every year, your chronological age is not that of all your body parts. 3 ways to meditate like Oprah Practising this effective mind-body technique is less complicated than you think. Try it for yourself and start reaping the benefits. Fermented foods – what’s the deal? Every week there’s a new fad diet. Fermented food, however, is not one of them – in fact, it’s been around for a very long time. 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? 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. 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. 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. 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