The Importance of the body’s PH Balance

Our bodies live and die at the cellular level. The billions of cells in our bodies must maintain alkalinity, in order to function and stay alive. The first line of defense against disease is a proper pH balance. Disease can only grow in an acidic body, which makes a condition favorable for the growth of…

Menopause & Concentration Problems

Lifestyle Changes to Improve Concentration Skills during Menopause Menopause can be a stressful and uncomfortable time for many women. Hormonal imbalances during menopause may make you burn with fever one minute, and cause streaming tears the next. Although this may seem unfair, there are many side effects that come with this stage of life, and…

Cholesterol and Stroke

High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia /dyslipidemia) – contributes to blood vessel disease, which often leads to stroke. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy fat that is made by the body. We also absorb some cholesterol from foods we eat such as meats, margarines and dairy products. The main cause of high cholesterol is a diet high in saturated…

Eggplant lasagne

Ingredients (serves 4) 3 eggplants olive oil cooking spray 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400g can diced tomatoes 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar good pinch sugar 300g low-fat ricotta cheese good pinch nutmeg ½ cup basil leaves, chopped ½ cup grated tasty cheese Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease…

Causes of Low Blood Circulation

Poor blood circulation may be caused by several underlying conditions, of which the most common one is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the blood vessels. Blood vessels that harden make it difficult to pump blood throughout the body, most notably in the hands and legs. This is caused by plaque deposits forming along…

Why am I tired even when I get enough sleep?

It is normal to feel tired sometimes, despite allowing yourself adequate amounts of sleep. Eating a healthy balanced diet, taking regular exercise, reducing stress levels and getting plenty of rest usually relieves tiredness caused by physical or emotional stress. Occasionally tiredness and lack of energy can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you…

Lemon fish with sautéed beans and tomatoes

Ingredients (serves 4) 4 (150g each) white fish fillets (such as hake) 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced 2 teaspoons olive oil 250g green beans, trimmed 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 garlic clove, crushed 150g baby spinach leaves 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar Method Place fish in a shallow ceramic dish. Place lemon rind, 2…

Mushroom & tomato frittata

Ingredients (serves 2) 30g unsalted butter 200g brown mushrooms, thickly sliced 2 tomatoes cut into wedges 4 eggs 75g mature cheddar, coarsely grated ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves Method Preheat the grill to high. Melt 20g of the butter in a non-stick frypan over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and tomato wedges, and cook,…

Can eating too few calories prevent weight loss?

How many calories you eat affects your energy levels, metabolic rate and overall health. Reducing calories below your body’s maintenance level can promote weight loss, but eating too few calories can actually slow and even prevent weight loss. When you don’t eat enough to fuel your body’s basic processes and your activity level, your metabolic…

Roast Chicken with herbs

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 (± 2Kg) whole roasting chicken ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt, divided ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 1 lemon, halved 2 tablespoons butter, softened 2 tablespoons minced shallots 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme Cooking spray ¾ cup water Method Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove giblets…