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Want to Sell or Buy a Pharmacy? Here are 9 Reasons to Do it Through Us

Operating under a franchise comes with numerous benefits, but many prospective franchisees are afraid of losing independence or becoming subject to unrealistic business restrictions. At The Local Choice, we understand what a challenge it can be to kickstart a successful business in the healthcare industry – this is why so many owners choose to sell their pharmacy. Our franchise partnership, however, affords business owners the opportunity to operate under an established brand while still enjoying independent empowerment. Whether you wish to sell or buy a pharmacy, here are nine reasons why it is a great idea to do so through…
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Thinking of Owning a Pharmacy Business? Here is Why You Should Partner with Us

The age-old saying, “Do what you love”, often seems unattainable in a world where people must usually settle for the first job they can find. Taking ownership of your future and goals, however, is possible with the right assistance. We at The Local Choice offer new pharmacy entrants the opportunity to become a brand franchisee while still maintaining their independence. Owning a pharmacy business is one of those rare careers where you can find both financial freedom and career fulfilment at the same time. The best part is that you never have to go at it all alone – we…
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Emotional eating and how to manage it once and for all

Emotional eating and how to manage it once and for all

Emotional eating and how to manage it once and for all Emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better—to fill emotional needs, rather than your stomach. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. In fact, it usually makes you feel worse. Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating. Are you an emotional eater? Do you eat more when you’re feeling stressed? Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full? Do you eat to feel better (to calm and soothe yourself when you’re sad, mad, bored, anxious,…
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Magnesium: the do-it-all nutrient

Magnesium: the do-it-all nutrient

Magnesium: the do-it-all nutrient If there were a do-it-all nutrient award, it might go to magnesium. The humble mineral plays a critical role in helping your body function successfully, notes the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The body needs magnesium for a wide range of processes, including muscle and nerve function, controlling blood sugar levels, and maintaining healthy blood pressure. Magnesium also helps the body use other nutrients, like vitamin D. The recommended amount of magnesium varies according to age, but most healthy adults should have between 310 to 320 mg of magnesium per day (women) or 400 to 420…
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Prepare for the Festive Season by Visiting a COVID-19 Vaccination Site

In the fight against the current global pandemic, vaccinations have been instrumental in reducing the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. These vaccinations also greatly lessen one’s chances of falling seriously ill or dying from the virus. Unfortunately, many South Africans are still putting off getting theirs or show hesitance due to misinformation still making the rounds. At The Local Choice, we believe in keeping up with the science – and you can trust us to provide you with relevant, up-to-date information on the pandemic and vaccinations. The Local Choice also has dozens of approved vaccine administration branches, and all…
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Steps to take to protect our environment and communities

Steps to take to protect our environment and communities

Steps to take to protect our environment and communities We should all know and understand the steps to take to protect our environment and communities. There is an integral connection between the environment, health and the economy. That’s why the International Federation of Environmental Health decided that the theme for this 2021’s  Environmental Health World Day should be Prioritising Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery. The world is going through difficult times, due the COVID-19. This pandemic has come to demonstrate the vital role that the Environmental Health workforce plays worldwide to face this challenging time for all…
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Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success

Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success

Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success Running is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part and you can run at any time that suits you. It is however very important to take it in moderation, and get started on the right foot … Ready to start running? Here are our tips to achieve success. Ready to start running? Have a goal  Having a running goal, however big or small, can help you to keep focused and motivated. Your running goals can be ambitious or otherwise, but they should remain personal to…
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How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten?

How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten?

How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten? In this article, we ask: “How do you know if you should avoid eating gluten?” And what should you do if you want to cut gluten from your diet? What is gluten? Gluten is a naturally-occurring protein found mainly in grains and wheat products. Biologically, gluten helps the wheat seed to store some of the nutrients it needs to grow into a plant. From a culinary perspective, gluten often acts as a sort of “glue” to hold foods together or to make them stretchy. (The word gluten literally means “glue” in Latin.) Most…
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Period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain

Period pain; managing it and when to seek help

Period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain Period pain is pain that occurs just before or during a menstrual period. More than half of women who menstruate report some pain from period cramps each month. Period pain can be so bad that doctors have actually given it a medical name: dysmenorrhea. Here follows valuable information on period pain; managing it and when to seek help for your pain. Period pain effects Every person’s experience of period pain is different, but it can cause: a cramping sensation in the abdomen burning pain in the abdomen pain that…
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Symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy

Symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy

Symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy Heart disease is a common health problem. There are several different types. Some stem from genetic problems and are not preventable. In many cases, however, a person can take steps to prevent heart disease and its complications. Here, we explore the symptoms of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy What is heart disease? When people talk about heart disease, they’re usually talking about coronary heart disease (CHD). It’s also sometimes called coronary artery disease (CAD). This is the most common type of heart disease. When someone…
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How do I know I am drinking too much caffeine in a day?

How do I know I am drinking too much caffeine in a day?

How do I know I am drinking too much caffeine in a day? Is caffeine good for health, or is it just another ingredient in our favourite foods and drinks that leads to a life less well-lived? That all depends on how you consume it, and how much of it you consume … If you enjoy your caffeine, you are not alone: Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. Caffeine is considered a drug because the effects thereof can change the way you act and feel. And like other drugs, you can also get addicted to it and have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking…
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Understanding your skin type

Understanding your skin type

Understanding your skin type The most important step in caring for your skin comes in understanding your specific skin type and how it adapts to certain circumstances or seasonality. Skin type is determined by genetics. The condition of our skin can, however, vary greatly according to the various internal and external factors it is subjected to. Normal/combination skin Normal skin is healthy skin. Smooth, firm and elastic, normal skin is free from lesions, well-moisturised and balanced. Most importantly, normal skin is in optimum condition to carry out its essential functions. Combination skin is characterised by patches of oily and dry skin. A…
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Vegan dietary choices and supplements

Vegan dietary choices and supplements

Vegan dietary choices and supplements Modern food production systems and lifestyles make it more difficult for everyone – vegans or not – to get all they need from diet alone. Sometimes, vegan dietary choices and supplements go hand-in-hand. Here are 7 nutrients that you may need to supplement with while on a vegan diet. Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 may be the most important supplement for vegans. This vitamin plays a role in the formation of red blood cells, helps metabolise proteins, and even supports a healthy nervous system. Vegans typically have a higher risk of deficiency as there are limited vegan sources…
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5 Reasons to Go for That Essential Health Check Today

Despite living in a technologically advanced age where almost anything seems possible – disease and premature death are still a reality for many. Modern humans have incredibly fast-paced and demanding lifestyles that can lead to excess stress, poor nutrition, and a lack of exercise. While many of us feel we do not have the time to put our well-being first, it is simply not sustainable to take our physical bodies for granted in the long run. While it is likely impossible to prevent every disease, there are still steps that individuals and families can take to ensure that they give…
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How to use grounding when feeling anxious

How to use grounding when feeling anxious

How to use grounding when feeling anxious If anxiety is a regular part of your life, it’s important to find treatment strategies to help you keep it in check. Grounding is an effective way to calm anxiety during a panic attack. In this process, you identify objects around you to help your brain recognise where you are. This creates a sense of comfort because you know where you are and you feel more in control of the situation. Here is how to use grounding when feeling anxious. There is only one way to reconnect to the present: through the body. The body…
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Do Not Wait Until You Are Sick to Google “Clinic Near Me”

Know your cough

“Clinic near me” – a term people often type into their search engine when they are feeling under the weather. It is usually only once we begin to experience unpleasant symptoms that we tend to take our health seriously. There are several benefits to partnering with a nearby pharmacy clinic like those under The Local Choice group before the need arises. In this article, we explore why it is better to pre-emptively look for a clinic that suits your needs as an individual or family, so that you are not left sifting through those online “near me” results while feeling…
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Understanding and treating a postnasal drip

Postnasal Drip

Understanding and treating a postnasal drip Here is help for understanding and treating a postnasal drip! Postnasal drip is a common occurrence, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. The air people breathe is full of germs, pollen, and other environmental pollutants. When the air enters the body, these particles can create problems if they are not filtered out. Every day, glands in the linings of your nose, throat, airways, stomach, and intestinal tract produce mucus. Your nose alone makes about a quart of it each day. Mucus is a thick, wet substance that moistens these areas to: fight infection moisten nasal membranes…
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About organ donation and why you should consider it

Organ Donation

About organ donation and why you should consider it People who need an organ or tissue transplant are usually very sick or dying, because one or more of their organs are failing. About 4 300 people are waiting for a life-saving organ or cornea transplant in South Africa. Organ donation is a medical procedure where one person donates an organ, or tissue, to another person who needs a transplant. Unfortunately, only 0,2% of our population are registered organ donors. Saving and transforming lives One organ donor can save up to 7 lives and change over 50 lives. Your heart, liver and…
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The different facets of child health

The different facets of child health There are different facets of child health. Children grow and develop rapidly in their first five years across four main areas of development – physical, emotional, mental and social. Physical Health Physical health includes broad motor skills such as include rolling over, standing, walking, running, and sitting; as well as being able to maintain balance, change positions, etc. Physical also includes using fingers and hands to clutch, eat, draw, dress, play, write, etc. Emotional skills Emotional skills  include how she reacts to events and occurrences around her. Does she giggle and laugh at the silliest things,…
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The benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby

Breastfeeding Week

The benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby What are the benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby? Breastfeeding is strongly encouraged because it’s so beneficial to the mother and baby. But aside from nutritional and bonding enhancements, it can also reduce health risks for some short- and long-term conditions. Breastfeeding benefits for baby Breast milk provides ideal nutrition for babies Breast milk contains everything a baby needs for the first 6 months of life, in all the right proportions. Its composition even changes according to the baby’s changing needs. Colostrum is the ideal first milk and helps the newborn’s immature…
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Generic vs Brand-name medication: Why should I trust my pharmacist? 

Why should I trust my pharmacist?

Generic vs Brand-name medication: Why should I trust my pharmacist? Why should I trust my pharmacist? It’s essential to have clear communication with your doctor and pharmacist when it comes to taking drugs and medications. The greater the understanding of your treatment, the greater chance you have of recovering. You might feel uncomfortable or scared when talking to your pharmacist, but you shouldn’t feel that way. You’re not imposing on anyone with your questions. They are there to help you answer your questions. Pharmacists are trained medication experts Pharmacists are clinically trained medication experts who can answer customers’ questions and…
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