Festive Food

Festive food … feminine figure It is that time of the year again… Year-end functions                             Christmas parties,                                Holiday munchies… All these can make it fairly difficult to eat healthily and stay in shape or to loose...

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Just what is the “Empty Nest” Syndrome?

Has your last child grown up and ready to leave home or perhaps already moved out?  If so you may be experiencing some mixed emotions.  Find out why the empty nest syndrome happens and what you can do about it. Just what is the “Empty Nest” Syndrome? The “Empty Nest”...

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Recognising Depression in the Adolescent

Adolescence can be a difficult period that is often characterised by some degree of emotional instability.  Rapid developmental changes, struggling with conflicting identities and unrealistic social expectations, may lead to uncertainty over role behaviour and...

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Common OTC medications to keep at home

We’re often asked what we should keep  at home in case of emergencies. Here is a list of common OTC medications to keep in your medicine cupboard at home. Many times these can bring relief of symptoms and may even prevent you having to see a doctor. Keep the boxes...

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Malaria

The end of the year is approaching and with it fortunately comes the promise of the long-awaited summer holidays. With many of us choosing to visit the Kruger Park or Mozambique it’s important that we turn our attention to malaria. Malaria is an important disease in...

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Panic Attacks and Coping Strategies – Part 2

Fighting panic is not a good idea, however if you detect the early symptoms there are a number of strategies that you can use before panic gets out of control 1. Retreat – exit the panic-provoking situation if possible until the anxiety subsides, for example if you...

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Panic Attacks and how to recognise them – Part 1

You have a sudden sense of impending doom together with uncontrollable anxiety.  Your chest feels tight, your heart starts pounding, you are dizzy, have shortness of breath and nausea.   You may interpret these symptoms as signs of a heart attack or fear you are...

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Adolescents and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are fairly common during the adolescent stage of development.  Concerns with body image and weight control may lead to the development of disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia.  This is due to the determination not to become obese. Obesity:...

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Trauma and responses to trauma

What is Trauma? Trauma is an event that is experienced as: outside the range of normal human experience causes emotional/physical distress  involves a threat to the life of the person or others and  feelings of intense fear, helplessness or horror *not breaking your...

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Menopause – from a dietary perspective

Menopause may be a difficult time in many womens lives as they battle through all the symptoms and hormonal changes such as disruptive sleep, low energy, mood swings, and hot flashes, to name a few. Some women claim that it’s the beginning of a new and exciting life...

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Menopause

In light of Womens month - we are tackling the subject of menopause again as it is a hot topic at FEMINA HEALTH. Menopause - This is the time in every womans life marked by a decrease in reproductive hormones. Periods become less regular and then stop altogether. The...

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