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Know Your Numbers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Prevention is better than cure and it can even be life threatening in some cases. Therefore, it is important that you and all adult dependents must be aware of the following numbers:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • Mass
  • Height
  • Body Mass Index

It is very easy to get these numbers and in many cases the medical scheme will even pay for this out of the scheme’s risk portion, where applicable, and hence not from your savings account.

Read our newsletter for more information: January 2016

NewsFlash March 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

In this issue...Gout, Your Toothbrush, What is Potassium?

Gout is an acute, recurrent inflammation of the joints which usually affects only one or two joints in the body. Do you suffer from it? Find out how the foods you eat can make gout better - or worse.
What is gout?

Gout is an inflammation which usually affects only one or two joints in the body. The most characteristic joint in which gout develops is the big toe. Usually gouty inflammation of the joints only last for a few days, but it can be so excruciatingly painful that sufferers never forget an episode. Unfortunately gout attacks have a habit of recurring.
What causes gout?
Gout is caused by the buildup of too much uric acid in the body. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of substances called purines. Purines are found in all of your body’s tissues. They are also in many foods, such as liver, dried beans and peas, and anchovies.
You are more likely to have gout if you:
Have family members with the disease
Are a man
Are overweight
Drink too much alcohol
Eat too many foods rich in purines
Have an enzyme defect that makes it hard for the body to break down purines
Are exposed to lead in the environment
Have had an organ transplant
Use some medicines such as diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine, or levodopa
Take the vitamin niacin.
Dietary treatment:
Reduce weight:
Patients who are overweight should try to reduce their weight gradually and steadily, using a low-fat diet and exercise. Remember that fasting, starvation diets, and drastic energy restriction, are dangerous because they are likely to cause an acute attack. People with gout should, therefore, also not use detoxification or purification diets as these may also precipitate a flare-up.
Avoid alcohol:
Cut down on alcohol intake drastically. If necessary avoid all alcohol or restrict drinking to less than two drinks a day. A harsh, but effective way of preventing gout.
Avoid gorging:
Avoid rich, heavy meals which contain lots of fat and purines - i.e. the typical Christmas dinner is an excellent example of a meal laden with fat and purines.
Avoid purines:
Avoid high-purine foods like liver, kidneys, sweetbreads, sardines, anchovies, fish roes (eggs and caviar) and meat extracts.
Drink water:
Drink six or more glasses of water throughout the day and a glass at night before going to bed to help the kidneys excrete urates.
Go easy on caffeinated drinks:
Don't overdo tea and coffee drinking and switch to rooibos tea if you find your joints start aching after a coffee/tea binge.
Moderation and abstinence from alcohol - those are the solutions to gout...

Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush may be nastier than you think. Find out when to ditch it.
Much attention is focused on the paractive of brushing your teeth, but little thought is given to the dental cleaning products used to do it. A toothbrush is a cornerstone of good dental care, but your toothbrush may actually be doing more harm than good. It’s ironic because a toothbrush is responsible for keeping your teeth and gums healthy yet it can actually harbor a lot of germs that can make you sick. But with a little awareness and some common sense, you can brush aside all doubts about your toothbrush and keep your teeth healthy and clean.
Toothbrush Storage Tips:
• Keep it rinsed. Wash off your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water every time you use it.
• Keep it dry. Bacteria love a moist environment. Make sure your brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
• Keep it upright. Store your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
• Keep it to yourself. No matter how close you are to your sister, brother, spouse, or roommate, don't ever use their toothbrush. Don't even store your toothbrush side-by-side in the same cup with other people's brushes. Whenever toothbrushes touch, they can swap germs.
 When to replace your toothbrush:
Know when to let go. Replace your toothbrush about every three to four months, or when it shows signs of wear. 
Toss toothbrushes after illness. Throw away a brush you or anyone in your home used while they were sick. 
Electric toothbrushes. Treat electric or power models the same way you handle an old-fashioned one. Throw away the brush attachment after an illness or when the bristles begin to show signs of wear.
Cleaning tips:
Microwave it. Run your toothbrush through the microwave on high for 10 seconds, once or twice a week immediately before brushing. If someone in your home is sick, you may want to sterilize it in the microwave each time you brush. If you're the one who's sick, after the illness passes, ditch your old toothbrush and replace it with a new one. 
Run it through the dishwasher (in the top rack only).
Swish or soak it in mouthwash containing alcohol.
Place the toothbrush in a mugful of boiling water and let it soak for 3 minutes.
Maintaining a clean toothbrush:
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
Wash your hands before touching your toothbrush.
Before and after using your toothbrush, run it under hot water and forcefully rub your thumb over the bristles for several seconds.
Use toothpaste every time you brush. This will help keep the toothbrush clean.
Never store a wet toothbrush in a cabinet or other container. It needs to "breathe" or it could develop mold.

You know potassium is good for you, but do you know what foods contain the most potassium or how much of this vital mineral you need per day? 
Potassium is a significant body mineral, important to both cellular and electrolytic function. Maintaining consistent levels of potassium in the blood and cells is vital to body function.
Potassium is stored in your body's cells and together with sodium and chloride is essential for the pH balance of the whole body. It ensures that your body is neither too alkaline nor too acidic. Potassium plays a vital role in the functioning of your muscles, heart, nerve cells, kidneys and adrenal glands. It helps prevent calcium from being lost in your urine and aids in protecting against stroke and kidney stones. Potassium helps reduce irregular heartbeat in people with congestive heart disease, a condition where the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood throughout the body.
Which foods are rich in potassium?
Potatoes (especially the skin)
Get too much
Hyperkalemia could result (often caused by kidney disease) – a condition where you have excess potassium in the blood. 
Symptoms include irregular heartbeat, fatigue and numbness.
Get too little..
And you struggle with hypertension, persistent muscle cramps, muscle weakness, disorientation, irritability and confusion.


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