10 tips for a healthier heart

Here are some tips to help you look after your heart. Quit smoking now. Twelve months after quitting, your increased risk of dying from heart disease will be half that of a continuing smoker. Improve your diet. Include wholegrain cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts in your diet and lower your risk of heart…

Menopause and Joint Pain

Joint pain is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. It is thought that more than half of all postmenopausal women experience varying degrees of joint pain. Joint pain is an unexplained soreness in muscles and joints, which is unrelated to trauma or exercise, but may be related to the effects of fluctuating hormone…

Beef, eggplant and lentil salad

Ingredients (serves 4) 4 (about 350g each) eggplants, halved lengthways 1kg (4 cups) bolognaise sauce (see Bolognaise recipe) 150g (1 cup) frozen baby peas, just thawed 200g feta, crumbled 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt & freshly ground black pepper Fresh oregano leaves, to serve Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Use a teaspoon to scoop the…

What is High Uric Acid Levels?

High uric acid levels, or hyperuricemia, is an excess of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is produced during the breakdown of purine, a substance found in many foods. Once produced, uric acid is carried in your blood and passes through your kidneys, where most of it leaves your body when you urinate. A…

Baked fish with tomatoes, beans and olives

Grab a few ingredients for this delicious baked fish dish – ready in around half an hour! Ingredients (serves 4) 2 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp sweet paprika ½ tsp dried chili flakes 4 x ±150g fish cutlets, such as hake or any line fish 2½ tbs olive oil, plus extra, to drizzle 1 lemon…

10 minute ratatouille

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 red capsicums (bell pepper), thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small eggplant 2 small zucchini (baby marrow) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 3 medium tomatoes, chopped Method Heat oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat. Add capsicum and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes…

The Truth about Probiotics and Your Gut

When Can Probiotics Help? Evidence on the benefits of probiotics is building, and much of it is positive. Studies suggest that these natural remedies, which contain beneficial microbes, may help prevent or treat some digestive problems. They may also help regulate the immune system. They may even protect against common respiratory infections. Probiotics come in…

What’s So Bad About Belly Fat?

The list of health risks tied to being overweight or obese seems to increase every year – along with the nation’s collective waistline. While losing weight can be challenging, there are new, compelling reasons to try to shed those extra pounds – especially if they’re around your middle. Scientists used to think that fat were…

Avocado salsa

Avocado salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 avocado’s, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 shallot, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander

Method

Combine the avocado, shallot, lime juice, oil and coriander in a bowl. season with salt and pepper.