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Cut down on salt and live longer

How many teaspoons do you take? Of salt that is. Not even one a day?  Think again. Sadly, taking the decision not to add salt to your food is not necessarily enough to reduce your consumption to the recommended daily limit of 1 teaspoon.  The reason?  Food manufacturers are all too liberal with the use of salt in the preparation of

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The workplace workout

Experts agree the best time to exercise is midmorning or midday, when testosterone and general energy levels peak. But if you’re like most of us, that’s smack in the middle of your workday. So, do you relegate your workouts to sub-peak hours? Quit your job and go freelance so you can control your schedule? Not

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Why coffee reduces risk of diabetes

Why do heavy coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease on the increase around the world that can lead to serious health problems? Scientists are offering a new solution to that long-standing mystery in a report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. Ling Zheng, Kun Huang and colleagues explain that previous

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Pictures of food create feelings of hunger

Max Planck researchers have proven something scientifically for the first time that lay people have always known: the mere sight of delicious food stimulates the appetite. A study on healthy young men has documented that the amount of the neurosecretory protein hormone ghrelin in the blood increases as a result of visual stimulation through images of

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14 ways to beat the summer heat

Summer in South Africa is no laughing matter. Everyone knows that sinking feeling when the weather report contains those red patches which indicate temperatures in the 30+ region. So what is there you can do, besides waiting for winter with bated breath? Quite a lot actually. Avoid the sun. It sounds so simple, but clearly not everyone’s

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Top 3 causes of backache

It’s one of the most common reasons we go to the doctor. Here’s everything you need to know to help your aching back. To be human is to have a sore back. By the time we reach age 50, 9 out of 10 of us will have experienced back pain, the leading cause of disability in

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Young women fail to spot weight gain

Self-perception of weight gain also appears to be significantly influenced by race, ethnicity and contraceptive methods. Race/ethnicity and contraceptive use have been linked to accurate self-perception, with black women and DMPA (a birth control drug) users more likely to correctly perceive weight gain. Despite popular belief about women’s weight concerns, young women commonly fail to recognise recent gain of as

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Real diet resolutions

We all make many good resolutions at the start of a New Year, but, being human, most of our earnest resolutions probably will not be kept. Within a week, or two or three of 2012, you may well find that you have broken your resolve. Rest assured that you will not be alone! When it

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Short walk cuts chocolate consumption

A 15-minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work by half, according to research by the University of Exeter. The study showed that, even in stressful situations, workers eat only half as much chocolate as they normally would after this short burst of physical activity. Published in the Journal Appetite, the research suggests that employees may

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Beware this holiday season: Ocean dangers

Some are so poisonous they can kill you; others can cause severe pain. From bluebottles to venomous fish, these are the marine creatures you don’t want to bump into on your seaside holiday During summer the ocean looks so blue and inviting – but unfortunately it’s also home to a number of truly nasty creatures.